sustentation

sustentation

[suhs-tuhn-tey-shuhn]
noun
1.
maintenance in being or activity; the sustaining of life through vital processes.
2.
provision with means or funds for upkeep.
3.
means of sustaining life; sustenance.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin sustentātiōn- (stem of sustentātiō) an upholding, equivalent to sustentāt(us) (past participle of sustentāre, frequentative of sustinēre to sustain) + -iōn- -ion

sustentational, adjective
sustentative [suhs-tuhn-tey-tiv, suh-sten-tuh-tiv] , adjective
self-sustentation, noun
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sustentation (ˌsʌstɛnˈteɪʃən)
 
n
a less common word for sustenance
 
[C14: from Latin sustentātio, from sustentāre, frequentative of sustinēre to sustain]

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